Master of Urban Design

University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
Master's Degree
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
1 year
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 6,784
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 26,003

About this course

The Master of Urban Design (MUrbDes) programme equips students with the knowledge and skills to analyse and design urban environments, through studio-based projects. This programme is suitable for students who hold professionally recognised qualifications in architecture, urban planning or landscape architecture.

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. The university assesses each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

University of Auckland

Completed one of the following (Taught 120 points) with a GPA of 4.0:

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies
  • Bachelor of Planning
  • Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours)
  • Master of Architecture (Professional)
  • Master of Planning Practice
  • Master of Urban Planning
  • Master of Urban Planning (Professional)
  • Four-year bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture

Another tertiary institution

An undergraduate degree (Taught 120 points) from a recognised university (or similar institution) with GPE of 4.0 in a related field, such as (but not limited to):

  • planning
  • urban planning
  • architecture or landscape architecture

Additional requirements

(i) Portfolio content

Your portfolio will provide evidence of an appropriate level of skill in design and urban analysis. You may include examples of design and/or design related projects undertaken as part of your prior academic studies and/or as part your professional work.

Projects must be uploaded as follows:

  • A separate PDF file for each project (max 10MB/file).
  • Arranged in reverse-chronological order (most recent project as first media item).

Projects must be described as follows:

  • Project title.
  • Course title in the case of academic work, or design office/practice name in the case of professional work.
  • Your role/responsibility in the project. For example; sole designer, contributor to a particular aspect of the project, member of a group/team involved in the whole project.
  • Provide brief details of the relevance of the project to urban design.

(ii) Written statement

This one page document should outline your reasons for wanting to participate in the MUrbDes programme (maximum 500 words).

(iii) CV content

This brief CV should include descriptions and examples of relevant works experience or any other activities considered relevant to your application. Details of any academic and/or professional design awards/prizes should also be included.

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic Score - 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0


The MUrbDes is a studio-based taught masters programme, where your project work will be informed by theory, research and the practices of built environment professionals from New Zealand and around the world. Courses cover urban history and analysis, economic development, Pacific urbanism, asset management and property development, and how cities are emerging in the developing world.

You will apply this knowledge in real-world urban contexts and also pursue research into critical and contemporary urban issues through studio projects.

  • Core courses: 45 points
  • Urban Design studio projects: 60 points
  • Elective course: 15 points

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